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MINNESOTA SENATE-DEBATES

McFadden, Franken argue over debate schedule

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The debate about debates rages on in Minnesota's U.S. Senate race.

After seeing his proposal for six debates pared back to three, Republican challenger Mike McFadden says Senator Al Franken's campaign is now holding up debate negotiations. McFadden called on Franken to agree to earlier debates from the State Fair on Friday and objected to the prospect of their first debate taking place in late October.

McFadden says he thinks the two should meet at least once before early voting commences in mid-September, and has pushed for more debates in Greater Minnesota.

Franken's campaign says McFadden's team hasn't negotiated in good faith. They hope to move the first debate to early October.

The two candidates already debated once in early August at the annual FarmFest trade show.

MINNESOTA SENATE-INVERSION

Senate hopeful defends role in Irish firm's merger

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Republican Senate candidate Mike McFadden is defending his investment banking firm's involvement in a deal that led a U.S. company overseas.

The so-called tax inversion finalized in 2012 involved a U.S. pharmaceutical company merging with a competitor and moving its tax residence to Ireland, where corporate tax rates are much lower.

McFadden says his firm, Lazard Middle Market, didn't advise the U.S. company to move abroad. He says it merely worked for the Irish company to find a buyer. McFadden says he wasn't directly involved in the deal.

Democratic Senator Al Franken's campaign spokeswoman Alexandra Fetissoff says McFadden is a hypocrite for decrying the very kind of business deal that earned his firm $11.5 million.

SOUTHWEST LIGHT RAIL

Minneapolis City Council approves $1.6B light rail

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minneapolis City Council has voted to approve municipal consent of a $1.6 billion light rail project.

The Star Tribune reports the council voted 10-3 Friday in the last local approval needed for the Southwest Metro Transit light rail. Some members were concerned about the route, the potential environmental impact and the lack of urban bus amenities. Barb Johnson, Cam Gordon and Lisa Goodman voted against project.

Andrew Johnson, who voted in favor of the project, says he thinks the environmental impact would be minimal.

Jacob Frey says although the route is flawed, it would reinforce Minneapolis as the center of the region.

The proposed light rail would run from Eden Prairie to downtown Minneapolis. Half of the project is expected to be funded by the federal government.

SKYWAY ARREST DISPUTE

Mayor wants review of arrest in St. Paul skyway

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The mayor of St. Paul is calling for a "full review" of the January arrest and use of a stun gun against a man who was sitting in a downtown skyway.

Mayor Chris Coleman said in a statement Friday that the city's Police-Civilian Internal Affairs Review Commission should investigate the incident.

Twenty-eight-year-old Chris Lollie says he in the skyway waiting to pick up his children. Bank security guards called police to report Lollie had been sitting in a lounge designated for building employees. The St. Paul Pioneer Press (http://bit.ly/XXZiqN) reports police arrived and the situation escalated.

Lollie recorded the encounter on his cellphone, which was recently returned to him after charges against him were dismissed. Lollie posted the video online this week.

St. Paul police say Lollie resisted officers' orders.

DAY CARE-POLICE SHOOTING

Officers involved in fatal Minnesota shooting IDed

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Authorities have released the names of two Ramsey police officers involved in a fatal shooting outside a day care.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension identifies the officers as Officer Jerad Dixon, a nine-year veteran, and Officer Richard Webb, who has been with the Ramsey Police Department for seven years.

The BCA says Dixon responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot near the day care Thursday afternoon. Dixon asked one of the three occupants to get out of the car. As Webb arrived, the man ran across the parking lot. The officers chased him before the man turned and pointed a handgun at them. Both officers fired, striking the man.

The man is identified as 21-year-old Chaz Havenor, whose last known address was Marenisco, Michigan.

NEWBORN DEATH-SENTENCE

Minnesota mom will stay in prison for baby's death

STILLWATER, Minn. (AP) - A judge has decided an Oakdale woman will serve at least another seven years in prison for killing her newborn baby when she was a teenage mother.

Judge John Hoffman on Friday sentenced 24-year-old Nicole Beecroft to 14.5 years in prison for killing the child.

The judge gave Beecroft credit for more than seven years she already has served in prison or jail.

The Star Tribune reports Hoffman decided on a sentence toward the middle of state sentencing guidelines. The judge called the case "a tragedy for all involved."

Beecroft was 17 when she was convicted of first-degree murder in 2007 for stabbing her newborn baby to death. The Minnesota Supreme Court granted her a new trial. Last fall, Hoffman found her guilty of second-degree murder, a lesser charge.

TODDLER KILLED-CHARGES

Hibbing man charged in 2012 death of girl

VIRGINIA, Minn. (AP) - A Hibbing man is charged with murder in the 2012 death of his former girlfriend's 2-year-old daughter.

Twenty-six-year-old Russell Shannon Johnson was arraigned Friday on a second-degree murder charge.

Johnson was arrested Thursday. The Mesabi Daily News reports bail was set at $500,000.

The girl - Caroline Shenze Marie Medicine-Chavez - died of head trauma in March 2012.

According to the complaint, Johnson was alone with the girl. He told police that Caroline fell and hit her head.

WDIO-TV reports the case was stalled until July of this year, when a woman told investigators that Johnson told her he had pushed the girl and she flew into a wall and hit her head.

Johnson's public defender says his client maintains his innocence. Johnson is due back in court September 15th.

MOVE OVER ENFORCEMENT

Authorities to step up 'move over' enforcement

WINONA, Minn. (AP) - Authorities across Minnesota will step up enforcement of Minnesota's "move over" law this weekend.

Sunday marks the 14th anniversary of the death of Trooper Ted Foss of Winona. Foss was making a traffic stop on Interstate 90 when he was hit by a passing vehicle and killed on August 31st, 2000.

The Minnesota State Patrol and local law enforcement will hold daylong saturation patrols on state highways Sunday.

KAGE-AM reports the patrols will remind motorists of the Ted Foss Move Over Law, which the Legislature enacted in Foss' honor.

The law means if there are two or more lanes, motorists must move one full lane away from a stopped emergency vehicle with flashing lights. Motorists must slow down if they can't safely move over. Those who don't could be fined over $100.

E COLI CONTAMINATION-MINNESOTA

Cabbage likely caused Minnesota E. coli outbreak

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - State health officials say green whole head cabbage was the likely source of E. coli that sickened 15 people in Minnesota in July.

The Minnesota Department of Health said Friday the cabbage likely was contaminated before it was distributed to restaurants.

Investigators were able to interview 14 of the cases. Thirteen of them ate at nine different Applebee's restaurants in Minnesota and one ate at a Yard House restaurant.

Many of those interviewed reported eating the Oriental chicken salad at Applebee's. That led Applebee's to temporarily pull the menu item from its Minnesota restaurants. The salad returned to the menu after Applebee's got different sources for the ingredients.

Minnesota officials traced the cabbage to a supplier outside of Minnesota and are working with federal investigators to identify the source.

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